Tuesday 23 October 2018

When being good at your job is not enough to gain approval

Women have to go the extra mile, over and above their professional careers, to win popular acclaim, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

NUMBER ONE: Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is ‘the most admired woman in the world’
NUMBER ONE: Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is ‘the most admired woman in the world’

Eilis O'Hanlon

Shelley said that poets are the "unacknowledged legislators of the world". Sadly, nobody cares about poetry these days. Now the role of setting the moral and civic tone for society has passed to celebrities.

That much is glaringly evident from a new survey by YouGov. For reasons best known to itself, the polling organisation asked people in 35 different countries (though not, strangely enough, Ireland) to name, without prompting from the questioner, men and women that they admired. Any person who was mentioned by respondents in four or more countries was then added to the list, to see who came out on top.

The survey found that the most admired woman in the entire world is Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, who took the top post for the second year running, followed by Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

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